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State and District Policy Manager

Reports to: Director of Public Policy

Location: Washington, D.C.



GLSEN supports the development of inclusive and affirming state and school district policies that create a positive school climate for all students, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. The State and District Policy Manager will take the lead in further developing and managing GLSEN’s strategy to advance state, district, and school-level policy priorities. This includes building relationships and working closely with grasstops education professional associations and advocacy organizations in education, civil rights, LGBTQ issues, and other areas to advance GLSEN policy priorities. The SDPM will build and maintain relationships with key state and district education leaders, policymakers, school board members, etc. in order to identify, develop, and expand partnership opportunities. The SDPM will identify and take the lead on developing new policy resources for education professionals, keep GLSEN’s existing resources current, advise GLSEN’s leadership on the most effective stakeholder outreach strategies, and present regularly in front of partners and influencers in the education sector.



Policy and Strategy Development (30%)

  • As part of the GLSEN Public Policy Team, work collaboratively to further develop a comprehensive set of public policy priorities, particularly at the state and local levels;
  • Work collaboratively with the GLSEN policy team and other partners to further develop and execute a strategy to advance GLSEN’s policy priorities;
  • Field and respond to technical assistance requests on GLSEN policy recommendations from state and district policymakers, school board members, parents and others;
  • Work with stakeholders and state policymakers on leveraging the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) to advance LGBTQ-inclusive school climates;
  • Support in strategy and grasstops engagement of state legislative and local policy priorities as needed;
  • Other duties as assigned.

 Stakeholder Engagement and Strategic Partnerships (35%)

  • Develop and maintain GLSEN’s relationships with national organizations and associations representing education, civil rights, and LGBTQ stakeholder groups, policymaker organizations, and advocacy organizations;
  • Identify, develop, and expand partnership opportunities with stakeholders that advance GLSEN’s public policy goals;
  • Participate in convenings and conferences to share  GLSEN’s public policy recommendations and expertise with key stakeholders; 

 Resource Development (35%)

  • Update and expand upon GLSEN’s state, district, and school model polices and resources, working in collaboration with other GLSEN departments or partner organizations when necessary;
  • Develop policy-specific materials (one-pagers, web content, blog posts, etc.) that highlight GLSEN’s school climate policies targeted for specific stakeholders, e.g., parents, students, and the media;
  • Ensure that GLSEN’s key resources and school climate policies are effectively disseminated and available to stakeholders, e.g. a “resource hub”.



  • Takes initiative with the ability to work both independently and collaboratively;
  • 4-5 years of experience in a public policy role, such as state government, government affairs, advocacy organizations, or similar;
  • Experience within education policy at the state and/or district level;
  • Experience working within and/or leading coalitions;
  • Ability to quickly build relationships and respond proactively to feedback;
  • Demonstrated experience with, or commitment to work in, diverse communities;
  • Ability to manage and advance multiple projects;
  • Ability and willingness to travel as needed (5% of time);
  • Familiarity with, and a passion for, LGBTQ issues in K-12 education;
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills;
  • Experience in workshop facilitation and public speaking;
  • Bachelor’s degree in relevant field preferred.


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GLSEN is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We strongly encourage people of color, people of diverse gender identities, people with disabilities, women, and non-LGBT people to apply.